Saturday, June 8, 2019

#159 / Nasty? Or Not?

In an interview with a British tabloid newspaper, the President of the United States apparently called the Duchess of Sussex "nasty." The Duchess was, prior her marriage to a member of the British Royal Family, just plain old Meghan Markle, an American citizen born in Los Angeles. 

As is not unusual, the president promptly used his Twitter account to deny that he said what he actually said. It was all "fake news," claimed president Trump. You can read all about this incident in a recent article that ran in The New York Times. Online, the headline is as follows: "An Orwellian Tale? Trump Denies, Then Confirms, ‘Nasty’ Comments About Meghan Markle."

The Times news story went all "literary" on its readers, reminding them of George Orwell's novel, 1984:

The president’s critics — armed with audio from The Sun interview — began circulating a line in the dystopian novel “1984,” written by George Orwell: “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”
The passage, taken from a book imagining what could happen when free thought is silenced, has become a refrain of sorts, used each time the president denies comments of his caught on camera or audio. A prime example: Mr. Trump said he never called Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, “Tim Apple,” even though there was video of the president doing just that.

Believe what I say, not what you see? That really is "nasty!"

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